Posts Tagged ‘country’

A Better Way

October 11, 2020

“Show us your ways O Lord . . . “ (Ps. 25 v. 4-5)

You have shown us a better way Lord. A way of

  • compassion,
  • love,
  • mercy,
  • forgiveness,
  • generosity,
  • patience,
  • kindness, and
  • self-control.

And you have shown us the way we should not go. A way of

  • factions,
  • hate,
  • oppression,
  • anger,
  • fear,
  • self-absorption,
  • death, and
  • destruction.

Forgive our missteps and misdirection, and guide us into the better way.

Amen

Grateful

October 4, 2020

We are grateful O Lord.

Grateful for the fall leaves, crisp days and beautiful skies, for love of friends and family, for music that calms and soothes, for books to read, for space to walk and think, and for all that brings us peace.

Grateful for those who serve and care and protect and guide and heal.

Grateful for the generosity of shared food and resources.

Grateful for the resilience of the human spirit.

Grateful for small moments of joy.

Grateful for the forgiveness and forbearance that point us towards a better way.

All this and more assures us that you, our Creator, are creating still.

We are grateful for your presence O Lord. Help us lean into your love in hope and faith.

Amen

Free Us

September 27, 2020

Free us Lord from our despair, that we might find hope.

Free us Lord from our quarreling, that we might find peace.

Free us Lord from our denials, that we might understand and live into our reality.

Free us from our prejudices, that we might find ways for all to thrive.

Free us from our fears, that we might trust in you.

Free us O Lord, from these shackles of our own making.

Guide us, and help us find our way forward.

Amen

Your Kingdom Come

September 20, 2020

We thank you Lord for those who build your kingdom –

  • for those who step forward to care for us, even at risk to themselves;
  • for those who accept the call to military service;
  • for those who, despite fear and threats, take action in the pursuit of justice;
  • for those who speak up to defend rather than diminish our democratic ideals of community and trust;
  • for those working to ensure all can vote;
  • for those who feed the hungry and provide support to those who have lost their jobs;
  • for those who shelter the homeless;
  • for those who educate our children;
  • for those who comfort the grieving;
  • for those who reach out in hope and healing.

Bless all of these who are doing your kingdom work here and now.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

Love

September 13, 2020

Today’s prayer is adapted from Romans 12:9-21 and 14:17-19.

Teach us to love O Lord –

  • to share, not hoard or waste, our resources and assets;
  • to welcome the stranger;
  • to hate what is evil yet cling to what is good;
  • to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer;
  • to forgive even those who harm us and ever focus forward on what we might be if we loved others as you do.

Help us to find the ways that lead to peace and mutual learning.

Guide us with your Holy Spirit as we seek the justice, peace, and joy that love can bring.

Support us Lord, as we confront evil, so that we might not be overcome, but might overcome evil with good.

Amen

Healing

September 6, 2020

Help us to heal O Lord.

Help us to heal both from our self-inflicted wounds and those inflicted by others.

Help us to change the systems that direct our wealth away from those who labor and from the common good.

Help us to heal our hatred and divisions.

Help us to find hope in the courage and dignity and forgiveness of our fellow citizens.

Help us to calm our anxious minds and commit to the hard work of rebuilding our democracy.

Help us to heal O Lord.

Amen

Deceit

August 30, 2020

Lead us O Lord, through the divisive rhetoric, appeals to fear, misinformation, and other deceits of our political times.

Help us to trust in you and follow your paths.

Awaken us O Lord, to the world as it is and to our own role in its suffering.

Help us to see the possibilities for peace and future prosperity for all.

Create with us O Lord, a democracy and a country where all might thrive.

Let us not be deceived or turned from your ways.

Amen

Discernment

August 23, 2020

Help us to think clearly O Lord. Help us to think beyond the

  • lies,
  • mendacity,
  • hyperbole,
  • hypocrisy,
  • finger-pointing, and
  • incoherence.

Help us to find our way, through the noise. Help us move towards

  • truth,
  • sincerity,
  • wisdom,
  • compassion,
  • coherence, and
  • accountability for ourselves and those we elect.

Guide us, O Lord.

Amen

Inattention

August 16, 2020

Forgive us our inattention, Lord, to the suffering of others.

Forgive us our willingness to ignore oppression when it brings us economic gain.

Forgive us our inclination to hoard our time, talent, and treasure and to distract ourselves with trivial entertainments.

Open our eyes Lord. Show us how we can reallocate our wealth, and strengthen us to follow-through. (Lev. 25:8-17).

Open our hearts Lord. Teach us how to share and care for one another. (Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-35).

Open our minds Lord, that we might not be misled by the temptations of this world.

Help us to discern and pursue the riches of your kingdom that we might live in peace and prosper as one people, one country. (Luke 12:13-21, 1 Timothy 6:6-16, Proverbs 3:13-18, 27).

Forgive us, and guide us O Lord.

Amen

Using Our Freedoms

August 9, 2020

Free us from our fears O Lord, so that we might embrace the freedoms we have create our future.

Freedom to move beyond prejudice, beyond partisanship, beyond the old narratives of division and anger and loss.

Freedom to grow in relationship with others.

Freedom to learn and grow in wisdom and understanding

Redeem all of your children Lord, that we might heal from the sins of our past.

Release us from ties that too tightly bind us to ritual, to place, to power, to the familiar, so that we might explore and experience the beauty of all of your creation.

Forgive us and guide us, O Lord.

Amen